Local member, Stephen Bromhead has hit back at his critics, claiming a proposal to secure a public hospital for the Great Lakes is not a stunt or about next year’s State election.
As a former nurse and Great Lakes resident, Mr Bromhead is passionate about securing some form of public health for his community.
This week Mr Bromhead will meet Premier Gladys Berejiklian and hand her a petition containing more than 9500 signatures from both locals and regular visitors asking for funding to build a public hospital.
In the last few weeks there has been a campaign by media, doctors, health advocacy groups and opposing candidates saying it should not or will not happen, Mr Bromhead told the Great Lakes Advocate.
Well I’m fighting back and pushing on because I stand for better health care for all those who live across the Myall Lakes, he said.
“This is not a fight between Manning and Forster, together we can increase the health funding into both regions and deliver better health outcomes for all.
“Manning Hospital stage one is underway with a $40 million investment, stage two is in the planning and I have been lobbying the government leadership for funding, but Forster’s growing population needs their own public facilities.
“The fight for this facility is the community’s; only by working together can we get things done.”
Mr Bromhead believed through increased services more specialists and funding would be attracted to the Myall Lakes electorate.
“In 2015 I delivered public oncology and dialysis services in partnership with Cape Hawke Community Hospital, last month with community health advocate Nita Reed and HNE Health CEO Michael Dirienzo I opened a $20 million oncology and renal dialysis centre at Manning Hospital.”
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